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Posted 14 Mar 2014

Organization/Hierarchy Chart on SharePoint (using jquery, Javascipt-CSOM)

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Organization/Hierarchy Chart on SharePoint (using jquery, Javascipt-CSOM)

This time, I have very interesting stuff for you guys. Few days ago, I got a tricky requirement from one of my customers. It's about populating their organizational structure dynamically on their SharePoint Intranet site without any server side components /Code. This means – there will be a SharePoint list from where data will be pulled and on a Webpart (CEWP or OOB WP) the hierarchy needs to be displayed. Fortunately, within a few hours, I was able to integrate 2-3 things with some JavaScript / jquery code to accomplish this requirement. Things required to cook out are:

  • jQuery
  • jQuery OrgChart PlugIn – Kindly read the technical artifacts of jQuery OrgChart from this location.
  • Content Editor WebPart
  • SharePoint Javascript CSOM
  • a SharePoint list
  • jQuery Balloon Plug In – If need to show any additional data

The scenario that I am going to demonstrate here is to create a corporate organizational structure. For example, CEO on the top then COO, CFO, CTO then Executive VPs, AVPs then comes Directors, Managers after that core execution team.

So, here we start.

<link rel="stylesheet" href="_layouts/jquery.orgchart.css" /></pre>
<link rel="stylesheet" href="_layouts/jquery-ui-1.10.3.custom.css" />

<script src="_layouts/jquery-1.9.1.js"></script>
<script src="_layouts/jquery-ui-1.10.3.custom.js"></script>
<script src="_layouts/jquery.orgchart.js"></script>
<script src="_layouts/jquery.balloon.js"></script>

<!--This div will be populated with the <ul><li> structure from the SCOM returned objects-->
<div id="left">
 div.node.bladerunner {
 background-color: #a4a0d9 !important;

div.node.replicant {
 background-color: #d9ada0 !important;

div.node.deceased {
 background-color: #d9d2a0 !important;
 text-decoration: line-through;

div.node.retired {
 background-color: #d9c0a0 !important;
 text-decoration: line-through;

<!--Main Org Structure will pupulate under this DIV-->
<div id="content">
 <div id="main">

<script type="text/javascript">

//loading SharePoint Javascript SCOM
 ExecuteOrDelayUntilScriptLoaded(loadStructure, "sp.js");

//calling the executing function
 function loadStructure() {

//Querying SP using SCOM
 var context = new SP.ClientContext.get_current();
 var web = context.get_web();
 var list = web.get_lists().getByTitle("Employee"); //Employee is SP List 
                                            //containing hierarchy data of the Organization
 var viewXml = '<View><RowLimit>1200</RowLimit></View>';
 var query = new SP.CamlQuery();
 this.items = list.getItems(query);
 context.load(items, 'Include(Title, Manager,Designation)');

function onLoaded() {
 //Adding SCOM return objects to an array
 var tasksEntries = [];
 var itemsCount = items.get_count();
 for (i = 0; i < itemsCount; i++) {
 var item = items.itemAt(i);
 var taskEntry = item.get_fieldValues();
 //array's filter function wont work in IE8. Hence GetChildArrayObjects
 //var topHead = tasksEntries.filter(function (item) { return (item.Manager == null) });
 var topHead = GetChildArrayObjects(tasksEntries, null);

/////Logic to create <ul><li>....</li></ul> for jQuery orgChart -- ####Starts Here
 var headName = topHead[0].Title;

var title = topHead[0].Designation + ", Manager :" + topHead[0].Manager;

var listString = "<ul id='organisation'><li class='hide' 
                 title='" + headName + "'>" + headName;

//Calling the recursive function.getChildNodes
 var childliststring = getChildNodes(tasksEntries, headName, listString);

listString = childliststring + "</li></ul>";

var divForList = document.getElementById('left');
 divForList.innerHTML = listString;
 /////Logic to create <ul><li>....</li></ul> for jQuery orgChart -- ####Ends Here

//Populating OrgChart using Jquery OrgChart Plug in - Basically it reads 
//Created <ul><li> list named 'organisation' and writes a TABLE - DIV structure.
 $("#organisation").orgChart({ container: $("#main"), nodeClicked: onChartNodeClicked });

//enabling balloon for each orgchart block
 for (var i = 0; i < tasksEntries.length; i++) {

$("div[title=\"" + tasksEntries[i].Title + "\"]").balloon({
 contents: '<img src ="/Images1/_t/images_jpg.jpg"/></br><ul><li> 
 Designation :' + tasksEntries[i].Designation + '</li><li>Phone# : 123-234-1233</li></ul>'



 //Handled event for node clicked.
 function onChartNodeClicked(node) {
 //If we need to do anything specific when clicking a node.
 function onFailure() {
 alert('script failed');

 //Recursive function to create <ul><li> organization structure.
 function getChildNodes(tasksEntries, headName, liststring) {

//var childs = tasksEntries.filter(function (item) { return (item.Manager == headName) });
 var childs = GetChildArrayObjects(tasksEntries, headName);

if (childs.length > 0) {

liststring = liststring + "<ul>";
 for (var cnt = 0; cnt < childs.length; cnt++) {
 var head = childs[cnt].Title;
 var title = childs[cnt].Designation + ", Manager :" + childs[cnt].Manager;
 liststring = liststring + "<li class='bladerunner' title='" + 
              head + "'>" + head;
 liststring = getChildNodes(tasksEntries, head, liststring);
 liststring = liststring + "</li>";

liststring = liststring + "</ul>";

return liststring;

//Alternative function for .filter function to query child objects for a parent in an array
 function GetChildArrayObjects(items, manager) {

var newArray = [];
 for (var i = 0; i < items.length; i++) {
 var item = items[i];
 if (item.Manager == manager) {

return newArray;


JQuery OrgChart basically needs a <ul><li> (unordered list) format for populating the Org-Chart. So I am querying the SP List using the SCOM (JavaScript) and using a recursive function (getChildNodes) the <ul><li> structure is created. After loading this <ul><li> structure I call the jquery orgchart function to populate the hierarchy on the other <div>.

The main checkpoints on the above script are:

//enabling balloon for each orgchart block
for (var i = 0; i < tasksEntries.length; i++) {

$("div[title=\"" + tasksEntries[i].Title + "\"]").balloon({
contents: '<img src ="/Images1/_t/images_jpg.jpg"/>
</br><ul><li> Designation :' + 
tasksEntries[i].Designation + '</li><li>Phone# : 123-234-1233</li></ul>'


Finally, the OrgChart is populated as displayed below. You can see a <ul><li> list on the top, which can be made to visible=false to the <DIV> with ID ‘left’ on the above mentioned script, displayed only for testing purposes.


Hope you have enjoyed this article. Kindly let me know if there are any issues .

  1. Create a custom SharePoint list having columns like Title, Manager, Designation. Enter some logical details as mentioned below.

    List data for populating Org Chart

  2. Download and place Jquery & jQuery OrgChart plug-in files into the hive’s _layouts folder (see image below). Note: When we are going through a solution deployment approach, we need to place these files inside SP Project to package it to a WSP file. Here, we are directly copying files to _layouts folder just for the sake of demo. If needed, you can place the jQuery Balloon file too.


  3. Creating the Content Editor WebPart / Script editor WP – Script source file. Save the below mentioned code to a txt file and upload it to the SiteAssets Library. Give the path of the file to CEWP like ”/SiteAssets/ScriptstxtFile.txt” or directly use this script to your client component.
    • loadStructure() – JS Function uses SharePoint JS SCOM to Query the list to get the Parent-Child Hierarchy.
    • GetChildArrayObjects() – it's an alternative to .filter JS function since this is not supported on IE8.
    • getChildNodes – Recursive function mentioned above – which basically structures the unordered list (see the <ul> mentioned on image below)
    • $(“#organisation”).orgChart({ container: $(“#main”), nodeClicked: onChartNodeClicked }); – This line of jQuery code in the above script actually reads the <ul><oli> and generates the OrgChart. While you skim the above code, you will be able to see a <ul> with ID as ‘organisation’ created which is read and org chart is populated to a <DIV> ‘main’.
    • After creating the orgChart, I am iterating through the <DIV> of the OrgChart block according to its ID to enable the balloon


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abin jaik
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India India
I am Abin Jaik Antony, working as a Software Developer.My technology background area extends to MOSS 2007,Microsoft BI,.NET Framework etc.
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